Posts by Jason Moss

July 19, 2022

Comedy has always been something I have loved. My mom never could understand how anyone could laugh so hard while reading the Sunday comics. And still to this day I love listening or watching stand-up comedians. Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Steven Wright, Jim Gaffigan, Gabriel Iglesias, Bri…

July 12, 2022

As I have shared before… I love my job. Yes, it can be very challenging and at times it can be amazing. I love being able to help provide opportunities to not only engage and connect, but make lasting impact on the lives of our local Jewish community.

 

Let me explain what I mean.

 

July 5, 2022

Trends can be a powerful thing. They can motivate people to do things they might normally not do. Take for instance these following trends: parachute pants or bell-bottoms, SWATCH watches, Beanie Babies, Harry Potter, everything pumpkin flavored, Emojis, mood rings… the list could go on an…

June 28, 2022

I have never really had an “ear” for languages. When I was growing up, I began Hebrew School in 3rd grade and although we were being taught conversational Hebrew, I never really could get the hang of it. The same thing when I was in college and I took two semesters of Hebrew, but it neve…

June 21, 2022

Although Camp Gan Shalom began last week, due to my schedule I was not able to visit our summer youth program until yesterday. As I walked into camp, fond memories of how much fun it was to be a camper and the joy I felt as a camp director flooded back. The smiles and the look of sheer joy o…

June 14, 2022

Over the last number of years, as I sit down to write either my monthly From Where I Sit column for JLife SGPV  or this weekly column, I work very hard in sharing my perspectives in a fair and balanced way. I have rarely dipped into politics. The reason for this is that as the Executive D…

June 7, 2022

I did it… and it felt great! And, I hope you will do it. What am I talking about? Voting. In case you have been under a rock or haven’t gone through your mail in the last several weeks, today, June 7 is Primary Election Day. While a lot of focus typically is placed each year on the first…

May 24, 2022

 

In case you have not been looking at a calendar lately, I wanted to let you know that this coming Monday is Memorial Day. Now, when you hear the words Memorial Day, what comes to mind? Are you picturing sale ads for things like appliances, mattresses, or cars? Or are you thinking about a…

May 17, 2022

Like so many of you, I have been reading and watching in horror as new information continues to pour out of Buffalo following the tragic mass shooting that took place at the Tops Market on Saturday. There are so many parts of this tragedy that make me cringe and question what would lead some…

May 10, 2022

About six years ago, when my oldest daughter was about twelve or thirteen, she looked at me one day and said, “Daddy, I have finally figured out what you do for a living.” Now, let me preface this by saying that I started working at the Jewish Federation shortly after she was two years o…

May 3, 2022

In all of my almost forty-eight years, I cannot remember a time when so much was happening all at once. From COVID and all of the various impacts it has continued to have on our lives, even as we are now at the start of the third year, to the turmoil and devastation in Ukraine over the last …

April 26, 2022

Whether it is because of the war raging in Ukraine, the unbelievable rise of antisemitism being felt all over the world, its juxtaposition to this past weekend’s Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day (April 24), or any number of other reasons, I feel that this year’s Yom HaShoah is drawing m…

The Spirit of Freedom

Freedom is defined as 1) the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint; 2) absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government; 3) the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. I have been thinking a lot about this word, freedom, the…

Security Trainings for All

As you might imagine, security has been at the forefront of my mind as of late, and for good reason. Actually, it has never really left my mind. You might say it comes with the territory as a leader within the Jewish community. However, let me ask you a question, and be honest… how often …

April 19, 2022

I hope your Passover has gone well for you thus far. Although we are only at the halfway point of the holiday, I want to turn my attention to the next event on our calendar… Yom HaShoah. This year’s Holocaust commemoration will begin next Wednesday, April 27 at sundown and run through Th…